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Michele C. Hollow - Fusion TV
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June 27, 2017

Solving World Hunger Is Just a Matter of Logistics (Seeker)

Komal Ahmad, the 28-year-old founder and CEO of Copia, knows there’s more than enough food in the world to feed the hungry. In the past three months, Copia has fed 400,000 veterans, senior citizens, underprivileged youth, parents working three jobs, homeless, people in rehab, and others in need of food.

Launched in 2013, Copia, named after the Roman goddess of abundance, makes food accessible by redistributing it to people in need. “By reducing food waste, we save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts, and most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat,” Ahmad said. “Extreme food waste in the presence of extreme hunger is one of the most disturbing, yet solvable, paradoxes of our time.”

... She started thinking about forming Copia while studying at UC Berkeley. “Right across the way,” she said, “UC Berkeley’s dining halls were throwing away thousands of pounds of food.”

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that roughly 50 million Americans go hungry; meaning nearly one in six Americans have food insecurities. “In the U.S., about 40% of the food we grow never gets eaten,” said JoAnne Berkenkamp, a senior advocate in the Food and Agriculture Program at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council. “We have a lot of people in the U.S. who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”

The problem is even more severe globally: the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that of the 7.3 billion people alive, about 795 million people, or one in nine, suffer from chronic undernourishment.

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